Rethinking Netflix

December 20th, 2009

Last February at Tree Hugging Family, I wrote a post called Renting DVDs from Netflix: Is it green? Little have I grown if I’m stilling asking myself that same question almost a year later.

In my earlier post, I applauded the reuse of discs over buying your own. The mailing system which allows you to reuse most of the mailer as a return envelope is nice. I recycle the portion of the envelope that can’t be reused. I ended the previous post with a caution that Netflix users tend to watch more movies than they did before, which requires more electricity.

Why am I re-thinking Netflix now?

At first, I enjoyed Netflix because the service made it easy for me to rent movies like classics and independent films that usually weren’t available in video stores. However, now I find myself looking for things to add to the queue.

What’s the point of finding things to watch? Either there’s a film I want to see or there isn’t. That’s the problem with Netflix. It encourages too much viewing for the sake of getting a new movie in the mail.

Reuse is nice, but lately far too many discs I’ve received have skipped through scenes, even after cleaning the disc. Plus, their “very long wait” movies get on my nerves. If I can’t rent a certain classic movie (Holiday Affair, 1949) during the holidays because it’s had a “very long wait” for more than two weeks, then Netflix isn’t really making me happy.

If I pause my movie watching habit, I’ll not only save energy, but I’ll have more time to do things that matter.

Do you have a Netflix habit you need to break? Do you think Netflix is green?

3 Responses to “Rethinking Netflix”

  1. Jennifer on February 19, 2010 1:56 am

    You know what I don’t like about the idea of NF – the fact that I NEVER know what I want to see. I go to the movie store especially to browse. I don’t get very many films and I hear NF sends a bunch. Also, just recently they shut down a bunch of video stores (Hollywood) in my city – and I guess others, and I hear it’s because of NF competition (no clue if that’s true). However, I have to go browse or I don’t know what to get. If all the movie stores close I’m screwed.

  2. Jennifer on February 19, 2010 1:57 am

    Oh, PS from a purely green standpoint, I suppose NF might win, although if you get a scratched disc often it’s a waste of gas for no reason.

  3. Peggy on February 19, 2010 2:07 am

    Ah, but Netflix gives you lots of search options, and they make suggestions for you and you can read reviews there too. So, to me, figuring out what to watch is easier than going to the video store!

    However, a certain movie called Inglourious Basterds has been in my queue on a very long wait for two months now. That’s silly. They really need to do better with their new releases.

    BTW – can’t believe I waited so long to install the Tweetmeme. It was really easy. The theme changes, more complicated, but… I’ll get there. Thesis, $87, whew… Maybe.

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